I’m really excited about today’s announcement by Amazon to support live streaming through Amazon CloudFront CDN using Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming technology. This is an important announcement because it enables developers and media broadcasters with more control over their live video streaming origins and the variable costs associated with live streaming.
This enables a live event broadcaster the ability to create a custom live streaming ingest points using Flash Media Server on Amazon Web Services backed by the power and reach of the Cloudfront CDN. Because this is powered with Amazon Web Services, live broadcasters have no contracts to sign and no commitment – simply launch an FMS AMI, follow the setup instructions and start streaming. When the event is over – turn off the FMS AMI Instances, and when you’re ready to go again, start them up – easy.
You can set up multiple FMS AMI instances to support failover and even have them in different regions. Use the free Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder to create high quality, multi-bitrate streams with failover support. Because the broadcaster controls the Flash Media Server instance, lots of interesting things can be done such as linear streaming from a VOD stream, metadata injection, dynamic Ad insertion or create unique live video experiences such as video switching.
Having such control over the origin has never been offered before and provides media publishers more opportunities to innovate on the live video experience. Because Flash Media Server 4 on Amazon is being used, you can choose your protocol or deliver to multiple protocols such as RTMP, P2P Multicast (from the FMS AMI directly) or HTTP Dynamic Streaming through CloudFront.
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